Re: Has technical writing fallen from grace?

Subject: Re: Has technical writing fallen from grace?
From: Kelly Smith <KellyMJSmith -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:04:52 -0400

Craig asked if TW had fallen from grace. Based on my recent experience, I
don't think so. I was recently hired by a manufacturing company as one of
their first tech writers. The same day I was hired, they hired a
documentation specialist, and last week a friend of mine interviewed for a
course developer/tech writing role. I'm in IT Infrastructure, the doc
specialist is in QA, and my friend would be in engineering, so this seems
to be a cross-company effort.

This company seems to seriously want to improve all aspects of their
internal documentation - test plans, disaster recovery, business processes,
training, etc. It's refreshing to be in a job where my skills and opinions
are treated with respect and where I can be a full-time tech writer and
not, "that contractor we're not quite sure what to do with, so lets give
her all kinds of random non-writing assignments."

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Kelly Smith
http://flavors.me/redheadedquilter


Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:47:51 -0400
From: Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Has technical writing fallen from grace?

When I first started technical writing as a career back in 2006, I saw
it listed in all the "Best Careers," "High Paying Careers," and "Best
Work From Home Jobs" lists from AOL Jobs and USA Today Careers.

It fell down one list from number 15 to something like 35, and finally
off the "Top 50" list altogether.

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